Five new films in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival from directors Jonathan Williams, Erin Cumming, Alisi Telengut, Taylor Johnson and Teresa McGee.
The Portal | Sci-fi/Horror, 13:46, English, ON, 2013 | Director: Jonathan Williams
A dimension-travelling wizard gets stuck in the 21st century because cell phone radiation interferes with his magic.
With his home world on the brink of war, he seeks help from a jaded travel agent whom he mistakes for a great sorceress.
Without his powers to prove his identity she has trouble taking him seriously, but finally agrees to reveal the secrets of our world in exchange for a lunch date.
Under the Radar
Under the Radar | Documentary, 10:01, English, BC, 2017 | Director: Erin Cumming
In the frontier days of the digital revolution, a team of Canadian engineers raced against NASA to be the first to design a computer processor that could transform satellite radar data into images of the earth’s surface.
Tears of Inge
Tears of Inge | Experimental, 4:21, Mongolian with English subtitles, QC, 2013 | Director: Alisi Telengut
A profound human-animal and human-nature relationship is represented by a painted world filled with a camel’s emotion and tears. It is based on a real Mongolian nomadic story narrated by the creator’s grandmother.
The Wake | Drama, 10:35, English, BC, 2016 | Director: Taylor Johnson
As Owen, a young man lost at sea, drifts in and out of consciousness, he’s joined by a strange guide in a deserted world, and wanders further and further from the surface.
The Mary Contest
The Mary Contest | Drama, 22:10, English, BC, 2014 | Director: Teresa McGee
A young catholic girl, with a quick temper and dreams of becoming a nun, desperately wants to win a prize for her altar, but her plans are derailed by the relentless teasing of the popular mean girl.
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The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Corus Entertainment and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.